Beastfolk

A mix and match of people, features resembling a variety of different animals, but standing tall on two legs as the humans and daelin do. From fur to scales, horns to tusks, majestic manes to swishing tails, the beastfolk come in all different shapes and sizes. It would be practically impossible to find two beastfolk who were identical.

Long ago, the beastfolk bore the same features and all of them called the mountain ranges of Yondar their home. There were no kryn. But everything changed when their ancestors - elders of the beastfolk tribes - were cursed with mutation magic. After the curse, beastfolk children were born with widely different features. The ox-kryn - closest in looks to the original beastfolk - and three other kryn: kitra, fenarl, and izaal.

Ox-Kryn

Towering above most humans or daelin, and even most beastfolk, the ox-kryn are built muscular and strong.

Typically, male ox-kryn will have two horns atop their heads, jutting forward and up to a foot in length. Female ox-kryn tend to have four horns which are slightly shorter in length. Though it is not unheard of that a male ox-kryn bears four horns, or that a female ox-kryn should bear only two, but it is extremely uncommon.

Horn styles vary depending on the clan due to generations of living separately from of ox-kryn clans. Generally, there are six styles - one to match each of the ox-kryn ayjiir-fairne. There can be further variation in horn styles, but they will be similar enough to the styles of the closest ayjiir-fairn that other ox-kryn can identify them.

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These horn styles are:

  • Straight horns that point forwards
  • Curved horns that point forwards
  • Horns that fully curve (at least 1 complete circle) and end pointing forwards
  • Straight horns that point backwards
  • Curved horns that point backwards
  • Horns that fully curve (at least 1 complete circle) and end pointing backwards

Ox-kryn that live in warmer climates lack fur. They have a thick, leather hide which typically comes in tones of greys, browns and purples. They also have patterns that are usually red or white in colour. These patterns aren't intricate, rather they are patches of colour that blends in to the rest of their hide.

Those from colder climates have fur - the colder the climate, the thicker it is. They still have a leathery hide underneath but it is thinner and smoother than that of their counterparts in warmer climates. Most ox-kryn in cold climates have a dark purple or grey hide and their fur is brown, red, or white in colour. The patterns in their fur are a little more intricate and are generally pale blue or purple in colour.

The Ayjiir-Fairne of the Ox-Kryn

These fairne were part of the original beastfolk munseyre before they were cursed. When their offspring began to mutate, the munseyre agreed upon a classification for each of the new mutations - ox, izaal, kitra and fenarl - and dispersed into smaller kryn in order to better understand the changes they were all undergoing. This meant that these six fairne became the leaders of the ox-kryn and would guide them as they sought deeper understanding. These fairne were:

  • Akry
  • Brudfur
  • Glardsturn
  • Maltusk
  • Oask
  • and Varn.

The Akry, known as healers and scholars, were the most dedicated to the cause of undoing the mutation they were cursed with long ago. They travelled east, chasing after the ghosts of the people they thought cursed them, before eventually settling in the northern regions of Elryn. For the majority of their initial journey the Brudfur, a fairn of honour bound warriors, travelled with the Akry in order to protect them. Overtime, the Brudfur lost hope in ever reversing the damage and got used to their new features, choosing to stay in Cermia whilst the Akry continued to pass through.

The other fairne were less inclined to chase ghosts from the start. Although hurt by what had happened to them, they got used to their new features far quicker than the Akry and the Brudfur. The Maltusk and Glardsturn fairne, filled with hunters and gatherers, both chose to stay in the mountain ranges of Yondar. The Oask, known for their uncanny dexterity, ventured into the north western regions of Valissa. The Varn, full of warriors and healers, ventured to the south of Yondar and chose to make the coast their home and are now the most adventerous of the Ox-Kryn fairne.

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Average Height
Ox-Kryn - 6' to 8'
Izaal-Kryn - 5'5" to 8'
Kitra-Kryn - 5' to 7'
Fenarl-Kryn - 4'5" to 5'
Average Lifespan

All beastfolk live to 140 years. They are considered adults by their respective kryn when they reach the following ages:

  • Fenarl-kryn - 30 years old
  • Izaal-kryn - 20 years old
  • Kitra-kryn - 25 years old
  • Ox-kryn - 20 years old
Ox-Kryn - Example Names

Male Names
Achun, Braun, Drumane, Erakos, Jakar, Lurth, Rugan, Samarl, Tuvask, Uskar, Wulfran

Female Names
Anrun, Cassun, Franjesk, Gurna, Kyat, Lathrun, Nusk, Parla, Saphull, Ukwin, Ylask

Fairn Names
Akry (major), Brudfur (major), Danva (minor), Glardsturn (major), Hayk (minor), Maltusk (major), Oask (major), Ralynd (minor), Varn (major)

Fairn Status'
Aldur (elder), Antru (hunter), Chaun (chief), Halun (healer), Scarvur (scout), Tunry (tutor/guide), Varyun (warrior)

Izaal-Kryn - Example Names

Male Names
Adoomyr, Claiz, Daniis, Hickraa, Kyoor, Marziin, Paasry, Rosiir, Trissk, Zakaar

Female Names
Aabi, Daisa, Foziil, Hosaa, Iavry, Kriiss, Monkaisa, Oliis, Ssophiir, Zanoor

Surnames
Sool (son) or daaris (daughter) followed by one of the following: -fiizl (first), -lasiir (last), -socaan (second), -oon (one), -taa (two), -dii (three), -maiss (four), -iiv (five), -aryz (six)

Kitra-Kryn - Example Names

Male Names
Awen, Cheor, Demnel, Eskar, Etchal, Landry, Mahren, Raelk, Taam

Female Names
Aeme, Behcha, Desh, Elawen, Gachiel, Katri, Maery, Rielle, Teriek

Surnames
Kitra-Kryn do not have surnames. Instead, they choose to go by first name only - their communities within the fairne are tight knit so it is likely that everyone within the fairn already knows each other. Some Kitra-Kryn opt to use a title, usually bestowed upon them by another individual (giving yourself a title is looked down on by the Kitra-Kryn as it isn't truly earned).

Fenarl-Kryn - Example Names

Male Names
Cerl, Denule, Edune, Kellen, Lone, Nevron, Tomiere, Ucoss

Female Names
Belu, Dune, Eluso, Lucieve, Moru, Oseluv, Petruo, Sendro

Fairn Names
Bomune, Freyn, Hune, Loresh, Rofe, Shem, Sodel, Welsik


Languages of the Beastfolk

All beastfolk learn to speak the tongue of their ancestors - besta'lun - and most are well versed in the common Runic tongue. The kryn have since also developed their own languages, which typically use Besta'lun as a root. In some cases, such as the kitra-kryn, they have instead developed a cipher and shared this with their young. The following are additional languages that beastfolk can speak:

  • aldur'lun
  • ca'astlun
  • eyris'lun
  • friisek
  • kitaran
  • lunsavi
  • lun'saroon
  • lyvarn

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Izaal-Kryn

The izaal-kryn are tall and slender. They can grow to the same heights as the ox-kryn, but on average the izaal-kryn tend to be shorter. Toned, but not overly so, the izaal-kryn can move swiftly and elegant through their home terrain and are excellent swimmers.

Covered from head to toe in scales, which range from deep purples to vibrant greens in colour, one would be hard pressed to mistake an izaal-kryn for a human. Their pupils are slits and their iris' typically range across a red-orange-yellow scale. Most izaal-kryn will have large tails that slither across the floor behind them - the exception to this being the Siirik fairne and it's llo-fairne, who lack tails entirely. There is little difference to be found in their overall body types as all of the izaal-kryn favour hot, humid climates. It would be extremely rare to see and izaal-kryn venturing into colder regions.

The Ayjiir-Fairne of the Izaal-Kryn

When the original beastfolk munseyre divided themselves, the izaal-kryn made the decision to venture out together to seek out a new home. They travelled far east, eventually reaching the vast jungle regions of Ca'astan. The jungle climate was optimum for the izaal-kryn, but they struggled for a long few years to decide on a location to call home due to arguments and infighting between the three ayjiir-fairne.

This eventually led to a further split of the fairne. Three became eight and each fairn settled in different locations throughout the jungle regions of Ca'astan. The eight ayjiir-fairne still exist today and have llo-fairn - minor clans that defer to their respective major clans. These are:

  • Briithnys
  • Caahyl
  • Fahduus
  • Kelliin
  • Maacryn
  • Ofayr
  • Siirik
  • and Toghiir.

Kitra-Kryn

On average, kitra-kryn are the same height as humans or daelin. They are thinner than most other beastfolk.

The kitra-kryn fiercely resemble felines and are one of the most diverse subspecies of beastfolk that you will encounter on Ma'rune. Some are without fur, but their other features are more pronounced, such as their catlike pupils, swishing tails, pointed ears, elongated fangs, or whiskers. Those without fur have skin tones similar to that of an ordinary human, depending on the climate of their place of residence.

Others have more pronounced fur, in a variety of different colours and all manner of different lengths, though most of their other features (with the exception of their tails) are less feline. Kitra-kryn to the south typically have the bushiest tails, whilst those to the northwest have full, decorative manes.

The kitra-kryn are very community oriented. No matter how far apart the fairne may venture, they always do their best to keep in touch with each other through letters and convoys. Each fairn leader knows their people - every name, every family, every role an individual has to fulfill - and they set out to greet each visiting kitra-kryn convoy as if it were a part of their own fairn. They even seek to greet and show a great deal of hospitality to visitors of the daelin, other beastfolk kryn, and humans, although complete strangers are met with an appropriate amount of caution.

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The Ayjiir-Fairne of the Kitra-Kryn

The Svaardin, having lived in central Yondar for centuries, have become close friends with the Yondar royal family and are well respected by the Shields of Yondar. Their presence in Tiraven is always a cause for celebration, though nobles from regions less central have a great deal of mistrust for them, moreso than the other beastfolk.

There are only four ayjiir-fairne. After the beastfolk were cursed, the kitra-kryn were less inclined than the other beastfolk kryn to divide themselves into smaller fairne due to their lack of numbers. Their division into ayjiir-fairne was focused solely on the variations they could see within the kitra-kryn at the time. Even after this division, the ayjiir-fairne travelled together for hundreds of years before the first fairne decided to venture out on their own.

These trendsetters were the Canisten. Furless, in stark contrast to their rest of their companions, the Canisten felt a desparate need after hundreds of years to find their own home, where their fairn could grow. They wandered for years, constantly sending convoys back to the other fairne to keep them updated on their progress, until they eventually settled in Lo'Gar.

This ended up prompting the Hemlair, a fairn with orange fur and adorning black and brown spots, and the Berkart, a fairn with deep, dark red mains and sandy fur, to settle elswhere. The Hemlair Fairn found their home in the southern region of Ca'astan, whilst the Berkart Fairn chose to travel north instead, settling for the colder climate of nothern Vorne.

Only the Svaardin, a fairn with jet black fur, remained in central Yondar.

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Fenarl-Kryn

Fenarl-kryn are a feathered subspecies of beastfolk. They are shorter than most, averaging heights of anywhere between 4'5" and 5'5". Many people assume that, due to their birdlike features, the fenarl-kryn have the ability to fly. In reality, it is actually extremely rare that a fenarl-kryn is born with this ability, so much so that they tend not to show it off to outsiders or other beastfolk.

Their feet are more like talons and the colour of their feathers ranges from brown, to black, to grey, and even to more uncommon reds or golds. A few fairne of the fenarl-kryn have extremely decorated pumage - a black undercoat with blue, purple, green and silver feathers.

As a kryn, the fenarl-kryn are extremely reclusive. They interact with other beastfolk kryn mostly out of a sense of kinship and even then their interactions are kept strictly professional. Strangers are forbidden from their lands without being invited first. Should a stranger try and gain access to their lands without proper permission they will meet a swift and decisive end. Very few have entered the home of a fenarl-kryn fairn without permission and lived to tell the tale.

The Ayjiir-Fairne of the Fenarl-Kryn

The fenarl-kryn have six ayjiir-fairne. After the curse, the ayjiir-fairne paired off - one hunting fairn to a scholarly fairn, to act as protection should anything go awry on their travels.

The Skyer, a fairn of skilled archers, paired off with the Olsune, a fairn of historians. Together, the two fairne travelled north east, out of Yondar and into Tennith. They ended up settling in the ruins of an old city, wrecked by the Tennith civil war and rumoured by the locals to be haunted.

The Estorn, a fairn of assassins, skilled in subterfuge and elites in their field, accompanied the Luskor, a fairn of alchemists. These two fairne falling in with each was natural - the Luskor would often create poisons to coat the blades of the Estorn before they went into battle. They travelled east, eventually settling in the southern region of Kiberia. Out of all of the fairne - including those of the other beastfolk kryn - the Estorn and the Luskor are the most reclusive. Permission to travel into or through their homeland is rarely given and even the other fairne find it difficult to earn their trust.

The other two fairne - Loxun and Penfyr - decided not to travel too far from their original homelands. The settled in the forests to the west, on the border of Yondar and Lo'Gar. These two clans are the most trusting of outsiders and the most likely to forgive tresspassing, especially in the current age.



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